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  • Writer's pictureDr. David satterfield

5 Weekend Habits To Ensure A Successful Week

1. Catch Up On Sleep

Many of us run up a sleep debt during the week due to stressful jobs, family obligations, and life. It is important to ensure we are getting enough sleep to feel refreshed upon waking. We can set up ourselves up for a good night's sleep by establishing bedtime routine, avoiding screens 1 hr before bed, and sleeping in a cool, quite environment to establish a good nights sleep. A 2016 RAND study found that inefficient sleep cost the U.S. Economy " up to $411 billion per year and 1.23 million working days."

2. Reflect On The Past Weeks

Reflection is an important part of success because it allows us time to strategize as to what is working and where we might have to pivot. Renowned author and consultant Peter Drucker on reflection:“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

3. Take Time To Be Happy

Whether it's taking time to be with loved one or going to your favorite movie theatre. it is important to do things that fill you up. When we engage in activities that make us happy our stress levels decrease and we enter a parasympathetic state in which we can heal, grow, and become more productive. Simply put do whatever makes you happy to ensure success. "Simplicity makes me happy"-Alicia Keys

4. Exercise

We all know exercise is important for success, health, and happiness but too often we neglect to exercise during our busy week. The weekend is a great time to catch up on exercise and also a good excuse to get outside. According to the journal, Frontiers in Psychology, just 20 minutes a day of exposure to nature can lead to a decrease in the stress hormone, cortisol.

5. Plan For Success

Planning is important part of success in any part of you life, whether that be health, financial, or spiritual goals. It is important to find what works for you. Taking 10 minutes on a Sunday night or an entire afternoon can set you up for a successful Monday and a productive week. "Plan your work for today and everyday, then work your plan" - Margaret Thatcher

- Have A Productive Weekend!

David Satterfield, D.C.

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